In yet another front-office departure in Colorado, assistant general manager Zach Wilson has resigned from his post, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Wilson is the second assistant GM to resign in the past week, joining Jon Weil in that regard. Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich stepped down from his post earlier this season. Owner Dick Monfort appointed longtime vice president of scouting Bill Schmidt to interim GM in his place. Harding adds that assistant director of player development Chris Forbes is stepping up to assume Wilson’s duties.
Wilson’s departure from the organization subtracts another veteran executive from the Rockies’ front office as a pivotal trade deadline season approaches. Wilson’s name was in the mix to take over Bridich’s duties when the post was originally vacated, and he’s been with the club for upwards of two decades. The Rox still have Schmidt and longtime assistant GM Zack Rosenthal heading up the baseball operations department, it seems, but they’re now out their GM and a pair of his top lieutenants with the trade deadline five weeks away.
The mounting number of departures gives Monfort more work to do this offseason as he looks to reshape the front office of a club that has again been one of the worst in Major League Baseball. Monfort has typically been loyal and promoted from within, though the recent failures on the field and the highly publicized rift between the front office and now-former third baseman Nolan Arenado has prompted speculation about hiring from outside the organization.
The 30-44 Rockies have MLB’s fifth-worst winning percentage (.405) and sixth-worst run differential (-58). Shortstop Trevor Story and right-hander Jon Gray are expected to be two of the game’s highest-profile trade candidates in the coming weeks, while others who could potentially hit the market include C.J. Cron, German Marquez, Mychal Givens and Kyle Freeland.